Senate Votes to Overturn OSHA Recordkeeping Rule
March 27, 2017
By Chuck White, Vice President of Regulatory Affairs
The Senate has voted 50-48 in favor of a House bill that would return the OSHA recordkeeping rule statute of limitations to its previous six-month status.
The “Volks Rule,” or OSHA’s rule “Clarification of Employer’s Continuing Obligation to Make and Maintain Accurate Records of Each Recordable Injury and Illness,” made recordkeeping requirements a continuing obligation, extending OSHA’s ability to issue citations to employers for five years.
The resolution passed the House of Representatives on March 1, 2017. The Senate adopted the resolution under the Congressional Review Act, an indication that Congress believed OSHA had exceeded its authority in issuing the final rule.
The last step is to have the bill signed by the President, a step that the President has signaled he intends to do.